Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Merci Henri

Cafe 641 mourns the loss of an established colleague in the restaurant and fleur-de-stache communities. Antoine's general manager, maitre d, and great-grandson of restaurant founder Antoine Alciatore, Henri Ange Alciatore died on Friday. He was 82. Times-Picayune restaurant critic Brett Anderson observes the following:

"His visage was made unforgettable by an upward curling handlebar mustache, a look of cultivated flamboyance that seemed tailor-made for an institution whose folkways are traceable to its founder’s native France."

and . . .

"Mr. Alciatore was also such an avid New Orleans Saints fan that he hung fleur de lis ornaments from the tips of his mustache."

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